When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.

Haruki Murakami

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Yes, it rains on us.  Sometimes it rains sideways and there is a gale force wind. That’s life.  It has it storms. No one can avoid them.  I suppose in that one proposition, that truth, there is the seed of fellowship, community and intimacy. In storms we come to know who we are, and who loves us – and who made us.

But what can we say of the problems, the storms?

We all have them.  In this we are wise to know that we need not be ashamed, embarrassed.  From that we are wise to know that we need not and best not fold in on ourselves, clam-up and struggle to carry these trials as if they are to be hidden.  It is always better to acknowledge them.  There is a humility in doing so and it converts the humility to strength.  From this, compassion, mercy and a greater understanding of self, a greater appreciation of what others face, and a greater capacity to reach out to others, stand with them – translate our hardship into a positive experience in that we use our trouble to help another.

Storms bridge gaps between you and others.  They breed intimacy.  Troubles acknowledged, include others in our life and lift others us.

We are all sailors who face tough seas.  Storms make us wise sailors, captains of the angry sea and the gale winds.

Fear not.  Let others sail with you.

Remember that your trial encompasses those who love you.  Yes, you are autonomous – but not privileged to sail alone, exclusive of those who love you and are effected by the storms you encounter.

Let others in when the storm comes.  Those who love you mean well.  Our journey is one in which we learn through the rough seas and strong winds, and in learning we grow and come to know we are neither alone nor capable by design of sailing the Seven Seas all by ourselves.

On the other side of the storm we are changed for the better – it is always better to pass through, than ignore the storm.

Shalom.

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